Unlocked iPhone 5 smartphones are available for purchase in Apple’s online store starting today. The unlocked smartphone, as you would expect, isn’t restricted to any telecom carrier. This naturally means that you can insert nano-SIM card of any carrier on iPhone 5 and start using the device from anywhere in the world. Previously, only contract-based iPhone 5s were sold in US.
Many users prefer buying a factory unlocked iPhone 5 over carrier-locked iPhones because of the freedom to carry the device anywhere, with no contract commitment. Such unlocked iPhones are useful for those who travel to foreign countries and/or unwilling to pay a fixed monthly rate to carriers.
Confirmed Price of Factory Unlocked iPhone 5:
For those outside US, check with Apple as they are already providing unlocked version of iPhone 5 to several countries. One of the hottest product of this year, the iPhones are quickly running out of stock, and if you are planning to buy something worthy this year, then iPhone (or any of these gadgets) should be worth your money. Here are the prices of the unlocked iPhone 5:
- iPhone 5 [16GB]: $649
- iPhone 5 [32GB]: $749
- iPhone 5 [64GB]: $849
Unlocked iPhone 5 Available only for GSM-based Carriers
Apple showed us the unlocked version of iPhone 5 will be available on both GSM- and CDMA-based carriers, but that’s not entirely true at this time. For now, only GSM networks will be supported. According to Apple:
The unlocked iPhone only works on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5 from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
A customer cannot buy more than two iPhones, according to Apple, and we all know the reason behind this.
To buy iPhone 5 from Apple’s online store: Go to this iPhone 5 page, choose a color for your iPhone — available in 1) black & slate 2) white & silver. Next, you click on the “Or get iPhone unlocked and contract-free” link — this will reveal the pricing of the unlocked version of iPhone 5. Add necessary details. Make the payment. Wait for a week. Shipping is free, but limited within US.